Red Bull chief Horner was 'SCREAMING' at F1 race director before Max Verstappen's controversial title-winning triumph

RED BULL boss Christan Horner was 'screaming' at Formula One race director Michael Masi before Max Verstappen's dramatic title win.

Verstappen trailed defending champion Lewis Hamilton for the majority of the dramatic F1 grande finale in Abu Dhabi.

But he was handed a sensational chance to win the GP decider when a safety car bunched the racing track together.

Horner was heard on the team radio pleading with Masi to allow Verstappen a clear run at Hamilton.

After it was granted, the Red Bull driver overtook Hamilton on the final lap to take the F1 crown.

Horner told Sky Sports: "We were screaming at him, 'Let em race' . That’s what we’ve been talking about all these years – let them race.

"And this championship came down to the last lap and it was a great strategy call, to make that pit stop, to take that set of softs.

"And then it was down to Max to make it happen."

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Mercedes have protested against the controversial decision to allow the safety car to release the drivers but it was Verstappen lifting the trophy on the day.

After the race, the Dutchman said: "It's unbelievable.

"I tried the whole race and kept fighting then got the opportunity on the last lap.

"It's insane – finally a bit of luck for me. I love my team and fans and hope we can do this for 10/15 years together."

British star Hamilton was denied a record EIGHTH world title after an incredible season-long battle with his Red Bull rival.

And Hamilton hinted he may not return next season after the dust settles.

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